A venous ulceration is a shallow sore that typically appears on the lower part of the leg, usually around the ankle. The sore is a result of blood pooling in a vein of the leg, due to faulty vein valves that no longer promote healthy blood flow from the leg to the heart. When this condition, known as chronic venous insufficiency, remains untreated, skin ulcers can be one of the serious complications that develop. Venous ulcerations can be challenging to eliminate, and may return if they are not addressed with a comprehensive treatment plan.
Signs of Venous Ulcerations
Venous ulcerations are characterized by their location, which is commonly on the inner leg just above the ankle. They first develop as a red or purple area that becomes dry, itchy or flaky. The sore is irregularly shaped, with swelling and discoloration visible in the surrounding skin. The sore may be covered with yellow tissue, and may include discharge if an infection is already present. Venous ulcerations are often quite painful, with swelling, heaviness in the legs and cramping, particularly after long periods of standing or sitting.
Treatment of Venous Ulcerations
The cause of the venous ulceration must be addressed first, to prevent future sores from forming. Closure or removal of varicose veins may be the first step in restoring health blood flow to the area. In addition, compression stockings may be prescribed to promote blood flow and healing.
Other options in treatment for these skin sores include:
Topical dressings, including topical antibiotics to promote healing
Oral antibiotics to eliminate bacteria that interfere with healing process
Surgical procedures to eliminate infected tissue and bone
Growth factors administered to promote new skin cell production and healing
The earlier a venous ulceration is addressed, the more effective treatment is likely to be. If you have a sore on your lower leg that has not responded to home treatment, contact Specialty Vein Care to learn more about what our professional staff can do to help.
Vein conditions affect more than 30 million people in the United States today. Conditions range from spider veins that are little more than a cosmetic concern, to large, bulging varicose veins and skin sores caused by severe venous insufficiency. Affecting both men and women, successful treatment of vein conditions depends on an accurate diagnosis of the problem and recommendation for the best treatment option. At Specialty Vein Care, we offer the latest diagnostic tools to make a thorough evaluation of your vein condition, as well as a variety of treatment options that are customized for each patient’s specific needs.
Treating vein conditions is a complex process that requires accurate diagnosis of the condition and a
variety of options that are customized to each individual patient. At Specialty Vein Care, we provide
a wide range of treatment options, including sclerotherapy, endovenous ablation and microphlebectomy. Our
team works with each patient to offer a comfortable setting and the latest technology in vein treatment to
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we understand that patients are not always comfortable with the idea of seeking treatment for vein disease
and varicose veins. We strive to make the process as easy as possible for the patient, with education about
our various procedures, online forms for easy registration, and information about insurance plans and coverage.
Each patient that comes to Specialty Vein Care receives the highest quality of care in a comfortable office setting.